Personal Development Scheme For Teenagers

Personal development scheme for teenagers – NCS

I have a 17 year old son who did his GCSEs last year. He got good results but is not sure what he wants to do in the future. He has dyspraxia so is not a fan of writing at all which puts him off more academic environments. He also had a serious operation last year for quite an embarrassing issue which knocked his confidence. We are considering various options to help him recognise his talents and to develop his levels of self-confidence. One option for 16 and 17 year olds is the National Citizenship Service which is a personal development scheme for teenagers.

Personal development scheme for teenagers

The NCS is an affordable opportunity that can make a real difference to teenagers’ lives whilst contributing to fixing some societal problems too. The whole exciting experience including food, accommodation and travel costs comes in at just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs. This seems like a good fit for my son and a brilliant opportunity for any 16 or 17 year old from England and Northern Ireland.

The NCS Programme in a nutshell

  • Puts teenagers through a number of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zone. Pushing comfort zones always leads to great things in my experience including the development of self-belief and strength of character that can sustain you throughout life.
  • Provides a progressive journey so that young people take ever increasing baby steps and then develop leadership skills. I think my son is a natural leader with strong ideas and opinions. A structured programme like this might be just what he needs to help him move into and succeed in the workplace.
  • Enables participants to engage with their communities through  social action. As former charity workers, both myself and my husband are keen on helping others and encouraging our children to do so.
  • Consists of a two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

National Citizenship Service

Did you know?

  • Almost 400 000 young people have taken part
  • More than seven million hours of community action have been completed making a positive difference to society.
  • In 2018 more than 100 000 teens from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS. This means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together

National Citizenship Service

What I love about the NCS

  • I think it is always good when young people from different backgrounds come together to share a unique experience. This leads to amazing memories and a better understanding of others’ points of view. In a troubled world, both of these are things we need more of in my opinion.
  • NCS was set up to build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. Who could argue with that? It has the potential to build a more peaceful future with teenagers going out keen to make their mark on the world and to ensure it is a positive one too.
  • NCS is the new rite of passage helping move teens on to a positive future with more self-belief and new skills.
  • For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society.


 Sign up today
There are still places available for your Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website using this link:
Don’t worry if you have already booked your summer holidays or have other commitments over the summer as the NCS will work with you to find a date that fits in with your family circumstances.
Can you recommend a personal development scheme for teenagers?
This post is a collaborative post with Tots100
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  • Helen Francis

    My step daughter did it last year and had a brilliant time. She has also made lots of new friends. I can’t recommend it enough!

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never heard of this but it sounds like an amazing program that deserves more press. Anything that can help teenagers and young adults to gain more self-confidence and belief in themselves, whilst also learning valuable life skills is a great thing.
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    The NCS is such a good scheme. Anything that encourages and nurtures our teens gets a big thumbs up from me. It’s so important for them to feel like they can do whatever they put their minds too. And also give them space to really discover what they want for their futures. Thank for joining us for the #Dreamteam xx

  • Louise Pink Pear Bear

    This sounds really good, I’d never heard of the scheme before but it sounds like they are trying really hard to instil practical life skills into young adults to give them a good grounding and purpose. Thanks for linking up to the #bigpinklink this week.

  • Lucy

    What an amazing programme for young adults to participate in?! I had never heard of it before but it sounds brilliant! Mid to late teens is a scary and vulnerable age to be, and they are put under so much pressure to know who they are and what they want to do in life… both by society and their peers. I hope your son’s confidence and self belief grow as a result of taking part, he is a lovely looking lad! Such a sweet face! Thank you for joining in with the #honeybeelinky lovely xxx

  • Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    This is such a great programme. I wish there was something like this when I was younger. I really had no clue what I wanted to do. Good luck to your son! I hope he’ll find his passion here. Sound like an awesome adventure!

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

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